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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Cannons for the FBI?

This has already been covered--first (as far as I know) at Boniface's Treatise, and then at War on Guns, but I find it . . . interesting enough to want to put in a word or two myself.

It seems the FBI is procuring a couple 20mm rifles (with suppressors!?)--the 20mm bore, by the way, makes them "cannons," basically, and possession by mere peasants like you and me is much more heavily regulated than possession of regular rifles would be.

Here's an excerpt of the FBI's notice:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intends to award a non-competitive, sole source purchase order to Anzio Ironworks Corporation, 1905 16th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 for two (2) Magfed 20mm Rifles and accessories in accordance with FAR 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

The FBI intends to procure the following items:

Magfed 20mm Rifle with Belgian Camo Overcoat finish. Includes bipod, brake, handguard, free floated barrel and case (Qty: 1 each)

Magfed 20mm Rifle with Navy NWV Camo Duracoat finish. Includes bipod, brake, handguard, free floated barrel and case (Qty: 1 each)

Non-firing bolt assemblies (Qty: 2 each)

Extra magazines (Qty: 4 each)

Suppressors in 20mm (Qty: 2 each)
I had actually already been familiar with Anzio Ironworks, and their impressive ordnance--simply because I couldn't not be interested in a company that sold such cool things.

What I don't understand, though, is what the federal law enforcement application for artillery is. Is the damage the FBI's Lon Horiuchi-types can do with a .308 no longer enough?


tom said...

There are a bunch of civilians I know with those and related guns. Actually, a gunsmith acquaintance of mine who's a SOT wildcatted a 20mm necked down to .50 caliber that outranges the 20mm. 20mm is only really particularly useful against inanimate objects, especially with non-inert types of shells. 20mm necked down to 50 cal with the right projectiles stomps 20mm in velocity and flatness of shooting and is plenty to kill a person you might be sniping.

They can buy their rifles. Intent is worrying but their possession of said firearms isn't. Plenty of legal Ma Deuces, sniper rifles that will match or outrange Anzios, as well as Anzios. Plenty of people that collect armored fighting vehicles as a hobby that are functional. And plenty of people that can shoot dime sized groups and split playing cards at a hundred yards withut needing a ballistics computer to do it.

There WILL NOT be another Waco in this AO as far as Texas goes. They'd be better off arresting people at work than trying to snipe them, as far as operationally, anyway. Be less dangerous for them than laying siege to people at home.

tom said...

Forgot to add...

The majority of important innovations of a weaponry nature have been made by individuals, arguably, the US Rifle .30 Caliber (You might call it a Garand) was created at the Springfield Armory, but Garand had the basic design sorted on his own and it was HIS baby HE designed. It wasn't a government project much at all.

Same with pretty much ever other significant innovation in firearms and artillery throughout history. It was tinkerers and people who thought outside the box that made the innovations.

So you've got an over-reaching Fed gov that is significantly outgunned by the civ population, as the constitution intended. And the civs tend to have better gear and invent better gear.

This leads me to an interesting question for y'all to ponder:

If most all of the useful innovation in arms has come from private citizen tinkering, why do they want to stomp out the people that made possible the USA having the best damn military in the world? Are they trying to destroy America beyond financially?